Sep 2, 2016

Panel defers accord on Japan-proposed fishing limit of bluefin tuna

Wrapping up a five-day meeting in Kyushu on Friday, an international fisheries panel deferred an agreement to invoke emergency fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the northern Pacific amid concerns that the species is dwindling due to overfishing. Japan had proposed invoking a catch ...

Jul 28, 2016

Japan eyes Pacific bluefin catch curbs if stocks stay low

Japan will propose invoking emergency fishing restrictions for bluefin tuna in the North Pacific if stocks of juvenile tuna remain at a low level for three consecutive years, government sources said. The proposal, which would be in response to stocks of tuna younger than ...

Japan firms boost bluefin farming as sea stocks decline

Mar 30, 2016

Japan firms boost bluefin farming as sea stocks decline

Japanese companies are increasingly looking to bluefin tuna farming as a source of growth as its population in the sea declines. Food-maker Nippon Suisan Kaisha Ltd. is researching how to farm bluefin by artificially hatching eggs or fattening juvenile fish to maturity. Maruha Nichiro ...

Mar 23, 2016

U.S. expands tougher 'dolphin-safe' rules around the world

The United States, facing sanctions for discriminating against Mexican tuna imports, is expanding tougher rules for labeling tuna “dolphin-safe” on the rest of the world instead of easing up on Mexico. Last fall, the World Trade Organization ruled that the United States was unfairly ...

Japan weighs annual catch quota for endangered Pacific bluefin tuna

Feb 23, 2016

Japan weighs annual catch quota for endangered Pacific bluefin tuna

The Fisheries Agency is considering adopting annual catch limits for Pacific bluefin tuna, which according to an international conservation body is facing extinction, government sources said. The new total allowable catch quotas, to be tested nationwide from July, would replace the existing framework of ...

All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks

Jan 30, 2016

All at sea: Lack of regulations hurting tuna stocks

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Adorning the walls of Kanji Nishi’s three-roomed apartment are a dozen framed photos. None features his children, Shota and Chisato, who are sitting cross-legged on the floor shunning smartphones for origami artistry. Instead, Nishi is seen posing alongside a different kind of pride and ...